Beauty Pageants for Newborns
It’s bad enough seeing children (mostly girls) of four or five dolled up in gaudy clothes and slathered in make-up competing in junior beauty pageants; the inclusion of newborns sounds like satire. Unfortunately not. Pageants in several countries have lowered their minimum age requirement to “0,” supposedly in response to demand.
In the UK’s Miss Sparkle competition newborns can be entered in either the “Natural” category, “No make-up, no spray tans, no hair pieces” or the “Glitz” category, where anything goes. In the US Sunburst Beauty Pageant, the under-ones are judged on “good looks, overall appearance and personality.” Maybe any prize money won should be put aside for therapy in years to come.